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Californian Getaway, Pt III – La Jolla Luxury

May 21, 2014

I didn’t realize until I was writing these posts out how much stuff we crammed in a 3-day weekend! It was so much fun exploring wine country and the San Diego area, and we continued the fun on Sunday by exploring La Jolla, California.

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We had spent the night at a hotel in La Jolla, so when we woke up Sunday morning we were already close to the action. Erin had made some calls and gotten us reservations for the 1pm tour at La Jolla Kayak. We got to kayak in the ocean in the La Jolla Ecological Reserve – a park that was established in 1971 that has a ‘look but don’t touch’ policy. You’re not allowed to fish or scavenge, and dropping anything into the water can lead to hefty $15,000/day fines.

We got to the beachy part of La Jolla and found street parking a little before noon, and had an hour to kill before our kayaking tour. We also realized that even though we were in Southern California, we had yet to have margaritas OR mexican food! We decided to remedy one of those things immediately and stopped at Barbella’s, a restaurant in La Jolla with a great outdoor patio and great margaritas!

¡Salud!

¡Salud!

Matt & I opted for strawberry, while Jason & Erin went for classic lime. Since the restaurant was so close to the kayaking place, we were able to enjoy two margaritas each before it was time to put on sunscreen and head towards the ocean!

Because my cell phone isn’t water proof and I didn’t have a water proof case, I wasn’t able to take any pictures while we were kayaking.

Luckily, we met a super nice couple who had a waterproof case for their phone and they agreed to share their pictures with me! They even took a photo of Matt & I on the water, so I was super happy to have met such kind people! Thanks Danielle, for these photos!

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You can get so close to the sea lions!

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The pictures Danielle sent me didn’t really show off the caves. They’re really cool and made of sandstone, so they’re eroding by about 3″ a year. Our awesome guide, Laura, made the joke that if you want beach front property in La Jolla, you just have to give it some time and that eventually it will all be beachfront! IMG_6989 IMG_6993

SEA LIONS! IN THE CAVE!

SEA LIONS! IN THE CAVE!

WE GOT TO KAYAK IN A CAVE!

WE GOT TO KAYAK IN A CAVE!

The La Jolla caves are also the only caves on the west coast to face north, and is right along a fault line. Luckily, we didn’t experience an earthquake, I felt my first one in Anchorage a few weeks ago and it was more than enough for me!

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After our kayaking adventure, we headed back to Long Beach to catch our late night flight back to Anchorage. We did get to stop at a Mexican restaurant on the way and ate burrito’s that were the size of our heads and absolutely delicious! For those of you that know Matt, he was in a state of joy: he LOVES mexican food!

 

It was an amazing weekend with some great people, and far too short in my opinion! I felt like I could have spent a whole weekend kayaking and snorkeling in La Jolla or exploring Temecula wine country.

Luckily, flights seem to be cheap, so I’m hoping it becomes a nice Alaskan getaway destination!

 

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